You’ve heard the pros and cons. Now it’s time to get your ballot in.
Tuesday is the deadline – it used to be known as “Election Day” for you old-timers – to return mailed ballots for the Feb. 8 special bond election in the Central Valley School District.
Ballots were mailed on Jan. 20.
The bond, which requires a 60-percent supermajority for passage, would pay for the taxpayer portion, or $69.6 million, of a capital initiative. An additional $32.8 million would come from the state for a total of $102.4 million.
Passage of the bond election would mean an increase of 65 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation, or about $98 on a $150,000 home. The overall bond rate would increase to $2.30 per $1,000, a level that would remain constant for the next 25 years.
The money would go toward the construction of a new elementary school in the eastern part of the district. It would also be used for upgrades at Evergreen Middle School and Ponderosa, Opportunity, Greenacres and Chester elementary schools.
Also, schools would be made safer and technology would be upgraded throughout the district, supporters say.
Detractors have said that the 25-year Capital Facilities Plan approved by the district board of directors goes too far and costs too much in the current economic climate.
CVSD last had a bond vote passed in 1998 when a $78 million funding request was granted for the construction of two new high schools and modernization of other buildings. Since then, a $25 million bond failed in 2003 and two other requests were defeated in 2006.
Mailed ballots must have a Feb. 8 postmark. They can also be placed in election drop boxes until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. No postage is required if you decide to use a box.
Drop boxes are located at:
- Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St.
- Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road
- Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave.
- Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission
- North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne
- Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main.
- STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave.
Also, voter service centers will also be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, where voters may drop off ballots, get replacement ballots, use an Accessible Voting Unit or receive other assistance.
The service centers are located at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place; the North Spokane Library; or the county elections office.
For more information, visit www.spokanecounty/elections or call 477-2320.